Bonded leather, also called reconstituted leather or blended leather, is a term used for a man-made upholstery material made as a layered structure of a fiber or paper backer, a pulp made from shredded leather, and a polyurethane coating which is embossed with a leather-like texture.
Bonded leather looks like real leather at a fraction of the cost.
Aside from price as the main benefit of bonded leather, retailers may make a case for recycling; the bonded leather is made up of leather scraps that would otherwise not be used. Benefits of genuine leather include a much sturdier and longer-lasting finish. When genuine leather is scratched or worn, the leather becomes distressed, which adds to its style. When bonded leather gets scratched, the polyurethane surface gets worn off and an entirely different color surface may appear underneath.